LARGE CROWD EXPECTED TO HIT THE STREETS FOR ST EUNANS COLLEGE 5K TONIGHT

first_imgA large crowd is expected in Letterkenny for the increasingly popular St Eunans College 5K.The event starts at 7.15pm with registration taking place from 6pm onwards.A great and fun occasion is promised by the organisers with all proceeds going to the college. See below for full details.LARGE CROWD EXPECTED TO HIT THE STREETS FOR ST EUNANS COLLEGE 5K TONIGHT was last modified: April 10th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:letterkennySt Eunans 5Klast_img read more

BUDGET SHOULD BE ABOUT FAIR RECOVERY AND NOT ELECTION – DOHERTY

first_imgSinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has said the upcoming Budget should be about a Fair Recovery and not about the election.Deputy Pearse DohertyDeputy Doherty was responding to speculation that extra funds might be available based on latest tax return figures.He called on the government to end the electioneering and to start dealing in budgetary facts. Deputy Doherty said “The next Budget is a crucial one and should be about laying the groundwork for a Fair Recovery. That will be the focus of Sinn Fein’s fully costed alternative. I am becoming increasingly concerned that, for the government, the focus is on short term thinking and doing whatever it thinks will help their election prospects.“In some ways, the size of the fiscal space available to the government is less important than what they do with it. From what we have heard, the government focus is on tax cuts rather than bolstering the economy through much needed public spending. The demands of the health service as we saw recently from the HSE documents are still enormous while across the board the Fiscal Council has warned that the government’s spending projections are inadequate to even stand still.“I am calling on Ministers Noonan and Howlin to be upfront and open by stating what the budget adjustment will be and what other fiscal space they have in terms of capital spending, for example. Sinn Féin will provide an alternative which will be based on a different view – that of building a Fair Recovery that is sustainable and widespread.“We are ready for that debate and I challenge Minister Noonan to lay out the fiscal parameters so the public can see the choices before them and to end the spinning and electioneering and deal with the facts about the budgetary space available. I am confident that this government which has been so unfair in recession has no intention of being fair in recovery.” BUDGET SHOULD BE ABOUT FAIR RECOVERY AND NOT ELECTION – DOHERTY was last modified: September 3rd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fishing the North Coast: Green rivers headed our way

first_imgOur coastal rivers finally received the flushing and scouring they desperately needed. Last week’s storms brought the rivers to their highest levels of the season, providing ample water for steelhead to make it back to the streams and creeks where they originated. The extra flows will also trigger the fish that are still swimming in the salt to begin their migration upriver. With dry weather forecasted for at least the next week to 10 days, all of the rivers are now dropping towards fishable …last_img

Ruiz, Humboldt Eagles 19-U top Humboldt B52s 5-4

first_imgHumboldt Eagles 19-U pitcher Caleb Ruiz started Wednesday’s game against the Humboldt B52s and did not disappoint. The recent St. Bernard’s graduate on his way to College of the Redwoods pitched 7.2 innings and earned the win in a 5-4 victory over the B52s, at Bomber Field.Ruiz gave up two earned runs on eight hits while striking out four. C.J. Van Meter and Kalebh Hill closed out the final 1.1 innings for the Eagles. Van Meter didn’t give up a hit in his 0.2 innings of work while Hill gave up …last_img

2010 Human Development Index rankings

first_imgSouth Africa has improved its position on the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP’s) Human Development Index released today in New York. South Africa is considered a medium development country and was ranked 110 (out of 169) in the latest report. This was a marginal improvement from 129 (out of 189) year-on-year.The Human Development Index (HDI) is a composite statistic used to rank countries by level of “human development” and separates developed (high development), developing (middle development), and underdeveloped (low development) countries in three broad areas covering life expectancy, education and per-capita GDP (as an indicator of standard of living).“While Brand South Africa works to lift the profile of South Africa’s global competitiveness around the world, it is always mindful of the broader reputation drivers and the context these bring to a purely investment driven conversation by our stakeholders. Reports like the HDI are important in this light, not just because they inform reputation, but also because they inform perceptions of future investment potential for our country in terms of a healthy and educated work force capable of a high level of productivity,” said Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola.South Africa’s overall HDI score experienced gradual improvements between 1990 and 2005. Since 2005, its overall score has remained stable and continues to trend in line with the global average. “South Africa ranks eighth out of the broader Sub-Saharan region, behind that of Tunisia, Libya, Botswana, Algeria, Gabon and Namibia. However, South Africa performs well in the region when assessing the levels of multidimensional poverty, where it is scored the best,” he said.Multidimensional poverty is a measure of serious deprivations in the dimensions of health, education and living standards that combines the number of deprived with the intensity of their deprivation. In Sub-Saharan Africa South Africa has 3% of its population living in some form of deprivational poverty relative to a country like Niger which has 93%.Among emerging markets which make up the BRIC structures, South Africa performed ahead of India (ranked 119) and behind Brazil (73), Russia (65) and China (89).  “It is important to contextualize South Africa’s development alongside other emerging markets to ensure that not only our economic growth but our people dimensions are enhanced at a similar rate to other comparable nations,” said Miller Matola. Endslast_img read more

50 South African youth initiatives’ stories shared in book

first_imgMelissa Javan12 August 2016Tebogo Suping of Kagiso in Gauteng is one of 50 young people who are featuredin the book Activate! Change Drivers that was recently launched inSouth Africa.“It’s our turn to change the world,” says the book’s first page. On another page,a woman is holding a placard that reads: “Our country. Our voice. Youth can changethings.”The book gives insight to what the members of the network Activate! SouthAfrica are doing across the country. The 50 young people are members of thenetwork. These members are called the Activators.Suping tries to improve the lives of school children in her community. She hasestablished a business called the Blaq Apple Communications and Events. Everyyear she and her team run camps for matric learners during the school holidays atthe local community centre.They help the learners with study support and personal mentoring. Throughoutthe process the learners must do communitywork to teach them to be sociallyaware, reads the book. They have also helped the learners with practical knowledgelike getting ready for university studies, applying for a bank account or an identitybook and bursary applications.At the end of last year, six of the learners who were helped by Suping and herteam were in the top two of their schools. The six obtained 33 distinctions betweenthem, including maths and science.“There is time to make money and there is time to makechange” – Tebogo Suping @ActivateZA @Ke_Geeman #Activating2030— Mr. PR (@collensthe) July 29,2016Benefits of the networkThe aim of the Activators in the network is to build the youth’s identity, createprojects, share ideas and collaborate with each other to drive opportunities.The book also says that in 2015 the Activate Community DevelopmentCertificate Course was piloted and applied to the South African QualificationAuthority to accredit the course. The aim is to offer an accredited qualification incommunity development at NQF level 5.This is to help the committed young people (the Activators) get a qualificationthat will be recognised in their communities and in society.Chris Meintjes is the chief executive officer of the network Activate!He believes that by June 2030, the future of South Africa will look good if theActivators are still busy with their community work. (Image: Activate!Leadership)The aim of the bookChris Meintjes, chief executive officer of the network, says in the foreword ofthe book: “The purpose of this book is to inspire all who read it. There’s not a wholelot of good news around, yet when you look at the challenges young people face,and see how the Activators are working together to create opportunities, youbecome aware that the future is filled with hope.”The network founded in 2011.Meintjes explains that each Activator has committed to a journey of service tothe public. “They work from within their own homes, communities and beyond.Many of them run their own initiatives and some volunteer in support of others.”The book launchThe book launch took place on 29 July 2016 in Johannesburg.At the launch, Meintjes says it has been a humbling experience working withthe Activators. “The past five years has been an incredible journey. The book is astep in theright direction for us.“It celebrates what is possible in the hands of a network of people. You[Activators] are the reason that there is rekindled hearts in this country.”He says the network started to build opportunities and create connections.“They [the Activators] give me hope. I see the value in the work they’re doing. Isee a future – it looks promising, that future – when I am working with thesepeople.”Meintjes says in 2011 when the network started, they worked with 20 to 30year olds. “Their energy is amazing.”He says if you flip over the book, you’ll see the possibilities of what the futurewill look like if these Activators continue with their good work in South Africa.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

Amazon Web Services Gets into the Platform-as-a-Service Game with Elastic Beanstalk

first_imgReferencing Jack’s magic beanstalk that just kept growing and growing, Amazon Web Services launched its first platform-as-a-service today: Elastic Beanstalk. Initially, AWS will only support Java, but the company plans to add support for other languages and application environments in the future. For example, Engine Yard is working with AWS to bring its Ruby on Rails stack to Elastic Beanstalk.Elastic Beanstalk is available at no additional charge to AWS customers, and can be used with the AWS Free Usage Tier.AWS is setting Elastic Beanstalk apart by giving developers a usable platform out of the box, but also giving them the ability to customize their infrastructure if they choose.From the announcement:“We’d been grappling with how to simplify application deployment and management on AWS without removing the flexibility and control our customers have come to expect,”” said Adam Selipsky, Vice President of Amazon Web Services. “Once we started exploring the mental model of customers being able to ‘open the hood’ to tinker with the infrastructure management themselves, a light bulb went off and we realized we didn’t have to make this ‘either/or’ decision. AWS customers can now choose to have as much automation or as much control as they wish.”AWS claims developers will be able to move their applications off of Beanstalk easily if they choose. The service is built on standard software such as Apache Web Server, Tomcat, and the Enterprise Edition of the Java platform.There’s been an explosion of interest in PaaS providers since Salesforce.com announced its acquisition of Heroku and Red Hat announced its acquisition of Makara last month. Just last week PHPFog, a PHP PaaS, announced $1.8 million in funding. Node.js hosting services have been sprouting up. Interest is high.Elastic Beanstalk’s Java service will compete with Salesforce.com’s VMForce.Third-party PaaS providers like Engine Yard will likely still have a businesses model selling management and support. We looked at AWS’s support plans recently, and found that for many developers it’s worth it to go with a reseller. Tags:#cloud#news A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… klint finley 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts last_img read more

PSG’s Neymar has broken right foot and sprained ankle

first_imgNeymar is second in the league scoring charts behind teammate Edinson Cavani, with 19 goals in 20 games. Overall he has 28 in 30.PSG also said in a statement on its website that center half Marquinhos has a tear on his left thigh. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forum Read Next View comments Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH, 11 others make round 2 Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citycenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH But PSG faces Real Madrid on March 6, trailing 3-1 from the first leg in the last 16.Before that, PSG plays Marseille in the French Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday, and is at Troyes in the league on Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNeymar, a world record signing from Barcelona for 222 million euros ($260 million), was carried off on a stretcher late in the league leader’s 3-0 victory against Marseille on Sunday.The Brazil striker was hurt challenging Marseille defender Bouna Sarr. His standing leg jarred as he lost balance and the weight of his body went onto his ankle, which briefly buckled. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico PSG’s Neymar lays on the pitch after being fouled during the French League One soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille at the Parc des Princes Stadium, in Paris, France, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)PARIS — Neymar is doubtful for Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League game against Real Madrid next week after tests showed he has a cracked fifth metatarsal in his right foot along with a sprained ankle.PSG revealed the extent of Neymar’s injured foot late Monday without saying how long he will be sidelined.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Shillong clubs rule in Federation Cup

first_imgIt was a day when the clubs from Shillong dominated their big brothers at the Federation Cup.While Royal Wahingdoh defeated Churchill Brothers 2-1 at the Balewadi Sports Complex, in Pune, another Shillong out-fit Lajong FC stunned Mohun Bagan 3-1 at the same ground on Monday.Wahingdoh Skipper Seityasen Singh gave his team the lead in the 29th minute. Jackichand Singh doubled the lead in the 53rd minute with a solo effort from the mid-field. Henry did pull one back but it was a bit too late.In Lajong’s match, Lalhimthara took his team forward in the 45th minute only for Odafa Okolie to restore parity in the 58th minute. Johnny Meyongar put Lajong ahead again in the 74th minute with James Gbilee scoring the third in the 81st minute. With this defeat Bagan’s journey in the Federation Cup ended.In other matches, Dempo beat Mohammedan Sporting 3-1 in Kolkata while defending champions East Bengal defeated Pune FC 2-1.Ranti Martins opened the account for Dempo in the third minute. Clifford Miranda then doubled the score with Koko Sakibu scoring the third. Stanley in the 66th minute. In the other match, East Bengal’s Scottish recruit Alan Gow put them ahead in the 42nd minute. Jeje Lalpekhlua equalised for Pune in the 57th minute but in the 82nd minute Robin Singh struck the winner.last_img read more

War on terror: Kabul celebrates liberation from Taliban by the Northern Alliance

first_imgHOPE ROLLS IN: Residents of Kabul, some exuberant, some cautious, watch Northern Alliance tanks rumble down the streets of the capitalWith an abandon he said he had not felt in years, 17-year-old Ahmad Zaki chased down a soccer ball on the dusty Wazeer field in central Kabul on Thursday, November,HOPE ROLLS IN: Residents of Kabul, some exuberant, some cautious, watch Northern Alliance tanks rumble down the streets of the capitalWith an abandon he said he had not felt in years, 17-year-old Ahmad Zaki chased down a soccer ball on the dusty Wazeer field in central Kabul on Thursday, November 15. His teammates and opponents yelped in delight as they ran after him, laughing at the tightness of his athletic shorts. He hadn’t worn them since he was 13.Their skills rusty but their enthusiasm at a peak Zaki and his friends took advantage of the third day of the Taliban’s absence in the Afghan capital to break at least two rules laid down by the hardline regime after it captured Kabul in 1996: playing sports and wearing short pants. “I’ve been waiting for this moment since I was young,” Zaki said, out of breath during a pause in the game. “Now I hope I can play every day.”KICKING AWAY THE PAST: A Kabul civilian pays his tribute to a dead soldier of his former Taliban rulersSmall scenes like this played out across the capital in the immediate aftermath of Northern Alliance troops taking control of the streets on November 13. They were the first signs of the tentative rebirth of a city. A boxing club – closed in 1997 by the Taliban, who wanted to turn it into a sandal factory – was refitted with its former punching bags and readied to reopen.In the Jamhuriat marketplace, cassette vendors blared previously forbidden Indian and Persian pop music from tiny loudspeakers, and openly hawked cassettes featuring pictures of unveiled beauties to crowds of young men and boys. Even a few western titles, such as a recording by Jennifer Lopez and the soundtrack of Legends of the Fall, could be found among the formerly dreary music selection.advertisementA few days earlier, customers who hoped to buy such wares had to arrange to meet the vendor at a secret location. “Under the Taliban, we were allowed to sell only religious music and recorded readings of the holy Koran,” said Ahmad Farid, who operates a cassette stall with his brother, Nisar. THE COLOUR OF VENGEANCE: Bodies of Taliban soldiers on the road leading to Kabul”Now I think business will improve.” It had been a heady 48 hours. As Northern Alliance troops rolled into Kabul on November 13 morning despite assurances they would remain outside the city, tens of thousands of surprised residents poured into the streets to welcome the new force in control of the capital, with expressions ranging from cautious optimism to uninhibited joy.After a hasty withdrawal of Taliban officials and military forces on Monday night, an estimated 6,000 Northern Alliance soldiers and police waited just hours before capturing Afghanistan’s biggest prize. At 10 a.m., the first truck-loads of heavily armed fighters entered the city from the north, fanning out to key staging areas, and drawing cheers, especially from young people who had chafed at the repressive Taliban regime.A cart carrying civilians gives way to a Northern Alliance T-62 tank speeding towards Rabat”This is unbelievable, like suddenly being let out of prison,” said 23-year-old Wafiulah Darwish as he waved at passing trucks overloaded with soldiers. “Last night the Taliban left, today the United Front arrives, and tomorrow I will shave my beard and buy a pair of jeans.”But many older residents of Kabul were more guarded in their enthusiasm, having endured nearly a quarter-century of almost constant clashes between forces tugging for control of the capital. “The mujahideen have been here before and made a mess of things, just like the Taliban and the Russians,” said Nabit Marzai, 63. “We will see if this lot can behave better.”Despite his doubts, though, Marzai could not help but return the traditional Afghan greeting, his right hand over his heart, to a group of soldiers. Fears that a Northern Alliance takeover of Kabul could result in wide – spread looting and violence seemed, for the moment, largely unfounded. But the deployment also failed to prevent scattered incidents of mob violence.LIFE STYLE, STRIFE-STYLE: A young girl stands in front of dresses on display in Kabul. Women forced to wear burqas were suddenly welcome at shops selling western-style clothing, reflecting a sartorial tectonic shiftIn a neighbourhood near the Kabul airport, more than a hundred Afghan residents dragged a man they identified as Pakistani through the streets, punching him and pelting him with stones to cheers of “Death to Pakistan!” Northern Alliance forces eventually arrived and hustled the man into a bus.At the home of Taliban Defence Minister Mullah Obaidullah, who apparently fled the city on the night of Monday, November 12, Northern Alliance guards kept Pakistan resident Abdul Ghani locked in a downstairs bathroom, his wrists bound with a headscarf. Claiming to have been brought forcibly to Afghanistan to fight with the Taliban, Ghani had been “arrested” on the street by Kabul residents early on Tuesday morning, said guard Mohammad Aziz. “We will keep him here until we have the facilities to put him on trial,” said Aziz. advertisementAn Afghan man shakes hands with a teenaged neighbour in the sort of streetside encounter that was banned by the Taliban and would probably give Mullah Omar the shivers”He will not be physically harmed.” Other areas of the city bore more grisly signs of a chaotic shift of power. In a park near the city centre, the bodies of three men identified by onlookers as Taliban sympathisers lay bloodied by multiple gunshot wounds. On the northern outskirts of town, the corpses of four apparent Taliban fighters were strewn by a roadside, their mouths stuffed with Pakistani banknotes by killers angry at the neighbouring country’s support for the Taliban.Widespread looting was reported in the early morning hours of November 13, including at a Red Cross storage facility and the home of one of the organisation’s expatriate staff members.PSSST PLEASURES: Kabulis ogle at postcards of Indian actorsSuch reports were cited by the Northern Alliance as justification for the takeover of the city. “We had not planned to move into Kabul, but when the Taliban left there were many bad elements in the city, with weapons at their disposal who put at risk the safety of the citizens,” said Abdullah Abdullah, the foreign minister of the Northern Alliance’s political wing.Though relatively efficient because of the sheer numbers of soldiers on the streets, the first steps at law enforcement by the Northern Alliance appeared somewhat confused. Newly inaugurated police officers, wearing confiscated traffic warden helmets, checked many cars for weapons, but seemed bewildered in their efforts to control the frenzied flow of automobiles, bicycles, and pedestrians.A man carries a video player out of a shopA few of the city’s traffic wardens who remained after the Taliban’s exit offered tips to their new colleagues. “My bosses fled with the Taliban, but they said I should just go to work as usual,” said Nuraghman Omani, a 13-year veteran of traffic control in Kabul.”Now maybe I will get a promotion. The early changes in the behaviour of Kabul residents were far from universal. At the Shahala family’s home-based, underground beauty parlour, formerly illegal due to the Taliban edict against women wearing makeup, patriarchs barred foreign visitors from seeing the beauticians and their customers. “We do not allow access to our women,” said Sahid Sahala, who declined to give the name of his sister who runs the beauty parlour.A young Afghan shaves for the first time in five years”Even if we open a legitimate salon some day, we will provide access to customers only. As in other areas of Afghanistan, most women in Kabul continued in public to wear the head-to-toe burqas; a few shed the heavy garment and showed their faces for the first time. The Northern Alliance announced that it would encourage women to seek employment outside their homes and to gain an education – both forbidden under Taliban rule. That announcement came over the airwaves of the newly renamed Radio Afghanistan, and the radio station quickly followed the advice; it hired three women to read the news. The station also played popular Afghan music along with public service announcements urging residents to stay calm, obey the law, and return to work.advertisementVANQUISHED: Taliban prisoners on the way to Kabul. Some of the few Taliban sympathisers who remained in Kabul were shot dead, while a suspected Pakistani bore the brunt of mob furyDespite the public relations push, the Northern Alliance had to square many circles. A battle still raged in Jalalabad and Kandahar. The leadership issue was still a question mark. At a traffic booth near the empty Ministry of Communication building, a crowd of about 30 men jostled for a better view of a photocopied image of Ahmed Shah Masood, the Alliance’s war hero, assassinated in September. Most of the onlookers refused to budge as others tried to elbow in for a view.FREEDOM ON AIR: The logo of Radio Afghanistan being reinstalled in Kabul. The station has hired three women newscasters.For at least 15 minutes, those close enough read again and again the quote inscribed below Masood’s photo: “We may find enough food to eat and enough water to drink, but life is meaningless without emancipation.” “We are all still in mourning for our lost leader,” said Bariolai Osmoni, 38. “My only wish is that our country can produce other great leaders who can make Afghanistan proud and independent.”Throw in “peaceful” and “stable” and you have the whole world’s prayers.last_img read more